MEMBER BIOS

AUTHOR: BISI ADJAPON
After teaching and writing essays and newspaper articles, Bisi Adjapon's short story, Of Women and Frogs, was published by McSweeney's Quarterly Issue 38. A novel length of the story is in progress. Bisi is represented by Maria Massie of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Agents. Visit her blog at bisiadjapon.wordpress.com.

AUTHOR: WILLIAM ALEXANDER
William Alexander lives with his family in the Twin Cities. The Twin Cities are not identical twins, though they are said to have hatched from the same egg. William Alexander probably did not hatch from an egg. His first novel Goblin Secrets will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in March of 2012. A sequel will follow the following year.

AUTHOR: LISA AMOWITZ
Lisa writes YA paranormal thrillers. An artist and graphic designer by trade, she teaches graphic design at a NYC college. Lisa designed her own book cover and hopes to do more. She is a mom of an an actual teen, so YA; she's living it. She is represented by the Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider. Her young adult novel, Breaking Glass, will be out in July 2013.

AUTHOR: PIPPA BAYLISS
Pippa Bayliss stopped growing at twelve years-old so decided to keep the inches and imagination aligned. She grew up in New Zealand, spent many years (well, a few) in the UK and now lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she alternately writes and giggles. She hopes to see her name in print soon (anywhere but in the obituaries) and Ponders periodically at: pippa-bayliss.livejournal.com.

AUTHOR: HILARI BELL
Hilari writes SF and fantasy for children and teens, including the Raven Duet and the Goblin Trilogy.  She loves writing SF and fantasy because, "Being able to shape a whole world to support your story lets you do more with it.  And let's face it, SF and fantasy are cool!"

AUTHOR: SCOTT BLY
Scott Bly has been a computer consultant in Los Angeles for over a decade. He has also taught computer classes and developed interactive educational games for elementary and middle school-aged children. Scott has collaborated and worked with a wide variety of computer specialists, from hackers and designers, to software developers and FBI Consultants. Scott’s debut Middle Grade novel, Smasher, a fast-paced computer thriller, is scheduled to be published by Scholastic on March 25, 2014.

AUTHOR: MARTINA BOONE
Martina Boone writes young adult fiction set in magical places, usually in the current world. She loves romantic stories filled with unusual, dangerous things that can help us explore human nature. Addicted to chocolate tea, licorice, and all things Nutella and marzipan, she lives in Virginia with her husband, two children, and assorted (mostly) non-magical creatures. She's repped by Kent Wolf at Lippincott, Massie, McQuilkin.

AUTHOR: ELLEN BOORAEM
After 20 years of writing and editing weekly newspapers, Ellen Booraem quit her day job to write middle grade fantasy. Her most recent novel, Small Persons with Wings, made “Best of 2011” lists for Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and The Washington Post. A third fantasy, as yet untitled, is due out in Spring 2013. Ellen lives in coastal Maine with a dog, a cat, and an artist in a house they (meaning the humans) built with their own hands. She is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman.

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH C. BUNCE
Elizabeth C. Bunce is a lifelong fantasy fan and daydreamer who couldn't seem to shake her imaginary friends. She finally decided to put them to work for her, and has been writing seriously ever since. In her spare time, Elizabeth is an accomplished needlewoman and historical costumer. A native Midwesterner, she lives near Kansas City with her attorney, their dogs, and a boggart that steals books.

AUTHOR: ERIN CASHMAN
Erin has been writing for as long as she can remember; in grade school usually from her perch near the top of her maple tree. With three kids and a career as an attorney, she often wrote late at night, or in stolen hours here and there. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, children, and their very hyper dog. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy entitled The Exceptionals, will be published in spring of 2012 from Holiday House. She is represented by Erica Silverman of Trident Media Group.

AUTHOR: KATIE L. CARROLL
Katie L. Carroll began writing after her 16-year-old sister unexpectedly passed away. Writing her Elixir fantasy series was a way for Katie to help her sister live on in the pages of a story. It also made her realize that she wanted to pursue writing as a career. In addition to penning novels for teens and kids, she edits novels, plays soccer, and collects signed copies of books. Katie lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.

AUTHOR: KATHERINE CATMULL
Katherine Catmull is a writer and actor in Austin, Texas. Her first novel, Summer and Bird, was released in October 2012. Her second book, as yet unnamed, is set for 2014. Katherine also acts on stage in various Austin venues and does voice work for games like DC Universe Online (Oracle) and Wizard 101 (Myrella Windspar).

AUTHOR: ALISON CHING
Alison Ching is the same age as punk rock and one year younger than Hello Kitty. She is a youth services librarian living in Texas with her husband and a bratty tabby cat. Her critical essay on Holly Black's Valiant will appear in the anthology A Dragon Wrecked My Prom, forthcoming from Lexington Press.

AUTHOR: LENA COAKLEY
Lena was born in the small coastal town of Milford, Connecticut and grew up in Garden City, Long Island. In High School, Creative Writing was the only class she ever failed, but, undaunted, she still went on to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College. For nine and a half years, she was the Administrative Director of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, but is now a full-time writer in Toronto, represented by Steven Malk of Writers House. Her debut YA high fantasy, Witchlanders, was published by Atheneum, S&S.

AUTHOR: MEGAN CREWE
Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: She lives in Toronto, Canada (and does on occassion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and her short stories have appeared in magazines such as Brutarian Quarterly and On Spec. Her debut novel, Give Up The Ghost, a YA paranormal, was published by Holt in September, 2009.

AUTHOR: LEAH CYPESS
Leah Cypess used to be a practicing attorney in New York and is now a full-time writer in Boston. She much prefers her current situation. She wrote her first story when she was six years old (the main character was an ice cream cone), and a mere 17 years later published her first novel, Mistwood, about an ancient shapeshifter trapped in the form of a human girl. A stand-alone companion novel, Nightspell, was published in 2011.

AUTHOR: DEVA FAGAN
Deva Fagan has loved fantasy ever since her mom read her The Lord of the Rings on a very long car trip. She now lives in a creaky old house in Maine with her husband and her dog, writing stories about prophecies, wicked witches, and intergalactic circuses. She also loves tea, gardens, stars, geometry, fiddles, and painting the rooms of her house bright colors.

AUTHOR: MIRIAM FORSTER
Miriam Forster learned to read at the age of five, wrote her first story at the age of seven and has been playing with words ever since. Her debut novel, City of a Thousand Dolls is being published by HarperCollins in early 2013. Miriam is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Agency. When she's not writing, she wanders the Internet, plots out imaginary fight scenes and reads far too many books.

AUTHOR: CARMEN FERREIRO-ESTEBAN
Carmen Ferreiro Esteban was born in Galicia (Northern Spain), a land of rolling hills and green valleys lulled by the ocean, thought in medieval times to be ‘Finisterre,’ where the world came to an end. After completing her Ph.D. in Biology in Madrid, she lived in California for four years before returning to Spain. Back to the States, this time to PA where she still lives with her daughter, she turned her experiences of coming to the New World into a fantasy novel, Two Moon Princess. Its sequel, The King in the Stone, is forthcoming. She’s presently querying agents with her third novel, a story of forbidden love in a Medieval world, while posting a paranormal version of her life at Dare to Read.


AUTHOR: AMARIS GLASS
Obsessed with books since she picked up her first Trixie Belden at age six, Amaris Glass didn't know she wanted to be a writer until she took a children's literature class halfway through art school and never looked back. Now working in animation (though she can't draw a lick), she plasters her office with images of rain-soaked fields and crumbling stone houses--basically, Great Britain, where her dreams (and most of her stories) live. Hard at work on her island-set YA, Amaris lives in a gypsy caravan under an oak tree and dreams of someday owning dairy goats.

AUTHOR: LENA GOLDFINCH
Lena Goldfinch writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. She's a past finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests. In her not-so-murky past, she's worked as a software engineer and a web designer, but her true passion is writing fiction. She lives in scenic New England with her husband/mad inventor, two kids, and a very spoiled black Lab.

AUTHOR: LISA GAIL GREEN
Lisa Gail Green writes paranormal and fantasy. Her newest publication is Identity Crisis in the anthology Gods of Justice. You can find Lisa most often on her own blog at paranormalpointofview.blogspot.com or Twitter as @LisaGailGreen. She would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.

AUTHOR: AMY BUTLER GREENFIELD
Amy Butler Greenfield was on her way to a history PhD when gave into temptation and became a novelist. She loves music, romantic adventure, strange science, and twisty plots, which explains how she came to write her first YA novel, Chantress, due out from Simon & Schuster in 2013.

AUTHOR: NANCY HOLDER
Nancy Holder is the multiple award winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked, Crusade, and Wolf Springs Chronicles YA dark fantasy series. She also has pieces in Dear Bully, Dear Teen Me, Shards and Ashes, and Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes. She is a proud "Carolyn Keene," having written Nancy Drew. She has also written media tie-in material for Teen Wolf, Hellboy, Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Sabrina the Teen Age Witch, and others. She is a columnist for the SFWA Bulletin. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, kittens, and magical Corgis, Panda and Tater. She is represented by Howard Morhaim Literary Agency for print, and Michael Prevett of Gotham Group for film and TV.

AUTHOR: CAROLINE HOOTON
Caroline first wrote fantasy at the age of 14 to escape the tedium of growing up in Slough, United Kingdom but gave up when she realised her first novel shamefully ripped off Terry Pratchett's work and needed to be burnt. She returned to writing 20 years later to escape the tedium of working as a lawyer in London and was accepted onto City University's MA in Creative Writing, graduating with a Distinction in 2009. Her MA project was Keep Your Bones Safe, a YA urban fantasy about a teenage girl who becomes embroiled in the secret world of shapeshifters living in London. Caroline likes zombies, cult TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s, Motown music and she is fascinated by 17th and 18th century history. She also needs to get out more. Caroline is represented by Catherine Pellegrino at Rogers, Coleridge & White.

AUTHOR: P. J. HOOVER
P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek.

AUTHOR: LIA KEYES
Lia Keyes is a London-born speculative fiction writer based in California, represented by Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She's the founder of the Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild and Development Strategist for Ellen Hopkins' non-profit foundation, Ventana Sierra, dedicated to training at-risk youth for a brighter future.

AUTHOR: GRACE LIN
Grace Lin (http://www.gracelin.com/) is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, including The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Also an author of middle grade fiction, Grace's most recent novel, the Asian-inspired folktale/fantasy, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, was awarded the 2010 Newbery Honor. Grace lives in Somerville, MA where she bakes many cupcakes and hopes to write & illustrate many more fantasy novels. She is represented by Rebecca Sherman of Writer's House.

AUTHOR: LAURA WILLIAMS MCCAFFREY
Laura Williams McCaffrey is a full time writer and writing teacher. Her third young-adult speculative fiction novel is forthcoming from Clarion Books. She’s the author of two other young-adult speculative fiction novels: Water Shaper, selected for the 2007 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list; and Alia Waking, named an International Reading Association Notable Book. Alia Waking was also a nominee for the annual Teens’ Top Ten Books list and for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. Laura is a faculty member at Solstice, a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, and she teaches writing and literature at Pacem Learning Community, a learning center for homeschoolers. You can visit her website at: http://www.laurawilliamsmccaffrey.com/.  

AUTHOR: GRETCHEN MCNEIL
Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror Possess (Balzer + Bray) debuted in Fall 2011, and her follow-up horror novel TEN about ten teens trapped on an island with a serial killer will be out in Fall 2012. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. In addition to The Enchanted Inkpot, Gretchen is a founding member of the vlog group YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday."

AUTHOR: DAWN METCALF
Dawn Metcalf has no good excuse for the way she writes. She lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, she's been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour and graphic novels. As a result, she writes dark, quirky, and sometimes humourous speculative fiction. Her debut YA novel, Luminous, was published in June 2011.

AUTHOR: KATE MILFORD
Kate Milford is the author of The Boneshaker and its forthcoming companion, The Broken Lands. The Boneshaker was a Voya Top of the Top Shelf selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Locus Recommended Reading List selection. She has written for stage and screen, and is a regular travel columnist for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her on Twitter (@katemilford) and at her website, http://www.clockworkfoundry.com/.

AUTHOR: ANNE NESBET
When she's not writing fiction, Anne Nesbet watches silent movies, teaches classes on Russian literature, and plays violin. Her first novel for kids, The Cabinet of Earths, came out from HarperCollins in 2012.

AUTHOR: SYBIL NELSON
Sybil Nelson is a wife, a mother of two and a full-time Ph.D. student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She is the author of the award winning Priscilla the Great series as well as a number of books published under her pseudonym Leslie DuBois. To date, she has written twelve novels. She has also sold the movie option to her Priscilla the Great series.

AUTHOR: JENNIFER NIELSEN
Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a dog that won't play fetch. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

AUTHOR: ELLEN OH
Ellen Oh is a writer, lawyer, college instructor, donut-slayer, chocolate lover, and mother of three beautiful girls. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she currently lives in Bethesda, MD (because her husband is afraid of New York City) and finds herself on a neverending quest to find a decent bagel. She is addicted to diet coke and likes to quote extensively from The Princess Bride, Monty Python, and Godfather movies.

AUTHOR: KEELY PARRACK
Keely Parrack (Keely-Inkster.blogspot.com) is finishing her third YA novel. She writes urban fantasy/sci-fi, and occasionally writes kids non-fiction on whatever takes her fancy, from robots to Harry Potter CGI. A transplant from England, she now lives in The San Francisco Bay area, where she lives with her husband, her son and a crazy kitten.

AUTHOR: CINDY PON
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia (Greenwillow), named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009's best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, was published in February 2011. She has also been a student of Chinese brush art for a decade and a picture book featuring her paintings is in the works. Fantasy has always been her favorite genre.

AUTHOR: RONALD L. SMITH
Ronald L. Smith writes television commercials for an ad agency in Chicago. He doesn’t want to talk about it. He’d rather be writing fiction full-time and exploring worlds of wonder and imagination. His southern gothic middle grade novel, Hoodoo, will be published by Clarion Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. He is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services.



AUTHOR: ANNA STANISZEWSKI
Born in Poland and raised in the US, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories (especially fairy tales) in both Polish and English. She was the 2006/2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Anna currently lives and teaches in the Boston area. Her debut novel, My Very UnFairy Tale Life, was published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Look for the sequel, My Way Too Fairy Tale Life, in Spring 2013.

AUTHOR: MARY G. THOMPSON
Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than 7 years, including almost 5 years in the U.S. Navy, before moving to New York to write full time. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.

AUTHOR: SUZANNE WARR
Suzanne Warr is a martial artist and writer living in the countryside just outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  When she's not beating things up and writing them down, she mothers her two kids and 50+ guinea fowl and silkie chickens.  No wonder, then, that her as-yet-to-be-published novel, NinChicks, is about ninja chickens in a steampunk style barnyard.  She's represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis, and has published a number of fantasy short stories, which you'll find on her website,  Tales from the Raven - Blog updated on Mondays, usually with a Middle Grade spotlight, and Fridays with a bit of Flash fiction and a blog hop. Join us!